Registration for Spring 2018 Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses is now open! 

Advance registration for certificate program students for Summer 2018 ACE courses begins March 12. Public registration for Summer 2018 ACE classes begins March 19. 

To register, download the Adult Continuing Education Non-Credit Registration Form and do one of the following:

  • Email it to
  • Fax it to 312.629.6171
  • Drop it off at 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603

Featured Spring 2018 Courses

Drawing from the Imagination #2430
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
February 7–April 11
In this course, students will explore their own interests and impulses through drawing as they probe the role of the imagination in making. Extensive studio work and critique will be accompanied by field trips and readings from Andre Breton, Jean Dubuffet, Sigmund Freud, and Steven Millhauser. Students will progress by engaging with materials, participating in discussions, and demonstrating experimental inquiry.

DIY Printmaking #2461
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
February 7 - April 11
This course is designed for artists who are interested in learning printmedia techniques, but do not necessarily have access to a print studio. Technical processes covered will include transfers, linoleum stamps, digital and handmade repeat patterns, digital printing on fabric, and alternative substrates and lo-fi silkscreen with stencils and drawing fluid. Class discussions will focus on how repetition or manipulation of an image affects its meaning. The processes addressed will allow students to experiment with their existing drawings, photographs, or designs.

Modern Materials #2420
Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
February 3 - April 14
This course will offer an overview of what the built world is really made of, and why. Class sessions will take field trips to sites in Chicago and visit SAIC's own fabrication facilities and libraries to explore materials in action. Lectures and discussions will survey the ways that artists, architects, and designers are using materials in new ways, pushing boundaries with both technology and imaginative thinking. This course is ideal for students with an interest in design methodologies, and those with a desire to develop an understanding of material capabilities to inform their work.

Portrait Drawing #2427
Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
February 6–April 10
Students will focus on the proportional relationships of the human head and face to achieve naturalistic resemblance in their drawings. Instruction in the use of line, shape, light, and shadow will be explored to achieve believable volumetric form. Black and white as well as color materials will be investigated. A model will be present during each class session and a variety of drawing approaches will be demonstrated. Discussion and presentations on contemporary portraiture and group and individual reviews of work are also included.

We believe meaning and making are inseparable. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) noncredit courses and certificate programs reflect SAIC’s educational philosophy, adapted for the adult learner.

Explore new subjects, learn new skills, or refresh existing ones in our state-of-the-art facilities and studios. Experiment with new modes of creative production, including laser cutting and 3D printing, or find inspiration with access to the Fashion Resource Center, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Roger Brown Study Collection, and Video Data Bank.

Pursue your creative vision under the guidance of our instructors, comprised of practicing artists, designers, and scholars. Learn with and from your peers as you develop and strengthen your creative and critical abilities, and produce work based on your personal research and interests.

To register, download the Adult Continuing Education Non-Credit Registration Form and do one of the following:

  • Email it to
  • Fax it to 312.629.6171
  • Drop it off at 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603


International Students

SAIC welcomes international students from abroad and those already in the United States with a student visa to enroll in our Continuing Studies programs. However, SAIC is not certified to issue immigration documents for international students participating in nondegree Continuing Studies programs and courses.

Continuing Studies—International Students [PDF]